Life is a preparation…

Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.

~Albert Einstein

This week, focus on not only planning your week, but also being present and aware of the little opportunities for spontaneity that arise as you execute your plans. (from my Passion Planner)

’nuff said…

YOLO!

~Jan

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Vision…

As humans, we hunger for a vision. If we are unable to create a compelling vision for ourselves, we will latch on to someone else’s vision. With no vision for our future, ours or someone elses’s, we extinguish our powerful internal fire.

The GOOD news? You can re-ignite it at ANY time.

~Ray Higdon

Memorial Day 2014…honoring the intent of the holiday…

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the US Armed Forces men and women who have died in service of the United States of America. The holiday, celebrated on the last Monday of May, was originally called Decoration Day and began after the Civil War to commemorate they Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. This has since been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in military service.

Today, in honor of Memorial Day, my husband (US Army veteran) and I visited the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. It is a beautiful cemetery, surrounded by the rolling hills of middle TN. There were many people visiting graves, driving through the cemetery, walking through the graves, even a group holding a memorial service by the grave of their loved one. It was a touching visit.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~General George S. Patton

Happy Memorial Day and may God continue to bless the United States of America and those who serve to keep us free!

Yolo!

-Jan

Mother’s Day…

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Mom & I with our buddy Jack!

It’s Mother’s Day afternoon and I’ve enjoyed a beautiful day already: mother/daughter night at the ballet last week, church today, brunch at our favorite after-church-breakfast spot (free box of candy for all Mom’s – too bad I’m not eating sugar…my office will benefit tomorrow!), sweet texts from family & friends near and far, phone call with MIL, a tear-jerking, heart tugging, loving email from my son who is traveling and plans for dinner cooked by hubby, daughter & SIL! My life is full of love indeed.

I’m so very grateful for my mother, who among many other things, raised me to love God; to be kind towards others & treat others as I would want them to treat me; to be a woman of integrity; to serve others; and she instilled in me her love of travel, big cities and sandy beaches! I hope that when I grow up I can be a small measure of the woman my mother is! I love you Mom!!

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson proclaiming Mother’s Day a national celebration in the United States, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Mother’s Day quotes.

  • “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” ~Robert Browning
  • “If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” ~Robert Brault
  • “Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster too.” ~Lionel Kauffman
  • “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” ~Irish Proverb
  • “Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.” ~Marilyn Penland
  • “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” ~Chinese Proverb
  • “A Mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.” ~Meryl Streep
  • “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” ~Lisa Alther
  • “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” ~Rudyard Kipling

I am a mother only because God chose to give me the blessing of raising two beautiful children. I truly believe that is my main purpose in this dance called life. I am learning as I enter this next phase of motherhood…as my children are grown and living out their life’s purpose…that while the role of being their mother changes…the love I have for them only deepens. I can only imagine the love my mother feels for me and my siblings. Wow!

Blessings to all the Mom’s out there! Happy Mother’s Day!

YOLO,

Jan

 

 

He’s the Birthday Boy…

…and he’s my Dad!

With my Dad on his birthday last year

With my Dad on his birthday last year

Dad…on this day I want to especially thank you for the foundation of strength, wisdom and hope you provide for our family. I’m forever grateful that God chose YOU to be MY dad.

May God bless you richly in this new year of YOU.

I love you,

Jan

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Motherhood

Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.  ~Linda Wooten

On this Mother’s Day I am thankful for my mother. She is my rock, my mentor, my guide in this journey called motherhood. I am forever grateful for the life she gave me and the principles she instilled into me. I hope I am doing her proud as I parent my own children.

Mom/Mimi

I became a mother with the birth of my first child, Meghan. Then just when I thought I had it all figured out…along came Alex and I realized there was much yet to learn about being a mother! Motherhood is filled with every emotion imaginable; highs and lows like a roller-coaster. The depth of love we are capable of is unbelievable. It is something you have to experience, trying to explain it doesn’t do it justice.

Motherhood is my highest calling. I’m forever grateful that God entrusted Richard and I with these two precious souls to raise. They are both beautiful, inside and out. I like to think I had a tiny bit of influence on that. I am so very proud of them.

Meg & Alex

I am richly blessed!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

YOLO!

Jan

The same wind blows on us all…

Listening to a Jim Rohn book as I walked today I was struck by the following thought…

All of us are in like a little sailboat. It’s not the blowing of the wind that determines your destination, it’s the set of the sail.  The same wind blows on us all.

The wind of disaster…

the wind of opportunity…

the wind of change…

when the wind is favorable…

when it’s unfavorable…

the economic wind…

the social wind…

the political wind…

The same wind blows on everybody.

The difference in (where you arrive) is not the blowing of the wind, but

The set of the sail…

Something to think about…how are YOUR sails set? Do you adjust them periodically to keep on track?

YOLO!

Jan

Slow down…

Be sure you slow down and enjoy life. Look at this piece of a hatched Robin’s egg that I saw while walking my dog this afternoon. The color “robins egg blue” is just beautiful. Don’t miss the scenery all around you. Slow down…

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.  ~Eddie Cantor

YOLO!

Jan

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – Book Review

The Slight Edge is not just another self-development book with new ways of doing things. Rather, The Slight Edge is about teaching you to learn to use and master the information you already know.

Simple things, small steps, ie. baby steps, can make profound changes in your life. Your consistent actions will affect you in either a positive or a negative manner. It’s vital to focus on moving in a positive direction to achieve the results you want.

I was particularly struck by the story of the water hyacinth. The water hyacinth is one of the most productive plants on earth; it’s preferred method of colonizing a new area is to grow by doubling itself. It’s a fantastic story about the effects of compounding. We are all making choices every day. We don’t see the results today or even tomorrow. Eventually we will. Will the result be what we want?

 “On the first day, you won’t even notice it. On day 15, it will cover perhaps a single square foot of the pond’s surface. On the 20th day (2/3 of the way to the end of the month), you may notice a dense little patch of floating foliage. On day 29, one-half of the pond’s surface will be open water. On the 30th day, the entire pond will be covered by a blanket of water hyacinth. You will not see any water at all.”

In a very well written, easy to ready book, the author leads you through the process of identifying and learning what the Slight Edge is and how you are already applying it in your life. The second part of the book encourages you to look at what you want to achieve in the areas of your life such as: your health, your finances, your personal relationships, your family, and how to apply the Slight Edge philosophy to help achieve the life you want to live.

This book is appropriate for anyone, in any business, who wants to improve their life. It’s motivational and instructional. I believe it’s a book you’ll want to keep and read several times.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“The right choices and the wrong choices you make at the moment will have little or no noticeable impact on how your day goes for you. Nor tomorrow, nor the next day. No applause, no cheers, no screams, no life of death results played out in Technicolor. But it is precisely those very same, undramatic, seemingly insignificant actions that, when compounded over time, will dramatically affect how your life turns out.”

“It’s easy to do. And it’s easy not to do. And if you don’t do it, it won’t kill you or destroy your chances for success today. But that simple error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill your chances for success. It will take you down and out of your life forever. And that choice is always yours.”

“You have to go one direction or the other; you can’t stand still. Everything is constantly changing. There are only two possibilities. Either you let go of where you are and get to where you could be, or you hang onto where you are and give up where you could be. You are either going in the direction of your dreams or giving up your dreams. Stretching for what you could be, or settling for what you are. There is simply no in-between. Doing nothing means going down. It’s your choice.”

“Gigantic funerals are held and great crowds, sometimes entire nations, mourn for those people who spent their lives not worrying about what others thought.”

 “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do; they put the Slight Edge to work for them, rather than against them, every day. They refuse to let themselves be swayed by their feelings, moods or attitudes; they rule their lives by their philosophies, and do what it takes to get the job done, whether they feel like it or not.”

 Bottom line…this is a must read. Success and failure are both predictable. Get the book, or audio book and learn the simple philosophy of the Slight Edge. If you allow it to…it will change your life.

Get the book here

Connect with the author, Jeff Olson:

facebook.com/yourslightedge

twitter.com/yourslightedge

I’d love to hear your stories of how you are applying the Slight Edge philosophy in YOUR life! Come back and let me know!!

YOLO,

Jan